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Revamp begins on seaside landmark
Boscombe Pier
Boscombe pier entry now and an artist's impression of the new look
Major redevelopment work has begun on a historic pier in Dorset, as part of an 8m seaside redevelopment which includes an artificial surf reef.

A ceremony has been held at Boscombe Pier to mark the start of the project at the 1960s Bournemouth landmark.

Work to update the pier and approach is due to be completed in September, with work on the artificial reef, unique in Europe, to be carried out by August.

Councillors hope the development will diversify tourism in the town.

The council has said it hopes the project will create about 90 jobs.

The 1.8m surf reef will be developed by submerging sand-filled geotextile bags 245yd (224m) off shore around the pier to create waves of up to 13ft (4m) high.

Andrew Emery, seafront service development officer, said: "It will put Boscombe on the map as a surfing resort. It will be a European first.

"There are no artificial surf reefs in the northern hemisphere."

The redevelopment includes new restaurants, surf-themed shops and a viewing platform on the pier, overlooking the new surf.

New chalets and changing facilities will also adorn the seafront.




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